We all knew Pharoh Cooper would be going to the NFL Combine. But yesterday it was announced that three other Gamecocks will be joining him. South Carolina issued a press release touting their four players who were invited to the Combine in Indianapolis later this month.
Four former University of South Carolina football players have been invited to participate in the 2016 NFL Combine. The combine will take place from February 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will feature more than 300 top prospects.
Those Gamecocks invited to participate include tight end Jerell Adams, wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, offensive tackle Brandon Shell and running back Brandon Wilds.
Top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. The players will go through a series of measurements, interviews and workout drills over a four-day period.
The event is closed to the general public and participants may attend by invitation only. Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.
The Gamecocks will hold their annual Pro Timing Day on Wednesday, March 30.
Cooper is thought to be a late second or third round pick. Adams is projected to go in the fourth or fifth round. Wilds and Shell will be picked in the sixth or seventh if they get selected at all. They may have to go the unsigned free agent route to make an NFL team.